Lessons in farming for Shouldham school pupils

Children at St Martin's Primary Shouldham enjoy a day learning about food and farming. LtoR - Ed Lankfer shows a Fodder Beet to Thomas Reading and Aiden Coddington ANL-160102-125549009
Children at St Martin's Primary Shouldham enjoy a day learning about food and farming. LtoR - Ed Lankfer shows a Fodder Beet to Thomas Reading and Aiden Coddington ANL-160102-125549009
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Pupils of a West Norfolk school have been given some hands-on lessons in where their food comes from.

Youngsters at the St Martin at Shouldham Primary took part in a food and farming day on Friday, as part of a national drive to encourage children to learn more about where their food comes from.

Children at St Martin's Primary Shouldham enjoy a day learning about food and farming. Front LtoR - Georgia Snelling, Isla Cheeseman, Evie Owen and Angela Lankfer.'Back LtoR - Ed Lankfer, Elizabeth Truss MP, Ben Hipperson, Zoe Hipperson and NFU Vice President Guy Smith ANL-160102-125516009

Children at St Martin's Primary Shouldham enjoy a day learning about food and farming. Front LtoR - Georgia Snelling, Isla Cheeseman, Evie Owen and Angela Lankfer.'Back LtoR - Ed Lankfer, Elizabeth Truss MP, Ben Hipperson, Zoe Hipperson and NFU Vice President Guy Smith ANL-160102-125516009

And headteacher Katherine Stephenson said the school is already planning to nurture the seeds sown during the event.

She said: “It’s so important that children have an understanding about food, farming and the natural environment and can start forming their own opinions about the issues involved.

“We hope to build on this by arranging visits to local farms in the spring so pupils can discover more about what goes on beyond the farm gate.”

The school is using an education pack called Why Farming Matters, which has been developed by the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farming and Countryside Education (FACE).

Children at St Martin's Primary Shouldham enjoy a day learning about food and farming. NFU Vice Preseident Guy Smith. ANL-160102-125610009

Children at St Martin's Primary Shouldham enjoy a day learning about food and farming. NFU Vice Preseident Guy Smith. ANL-160102-125610009

NFU vice-president Guy Smith, who was among those visiting the school for the event, said: “ I find it incredibly humbling that schoolchildren from non-farming backgrounds have a natural curiosity about what farmers do.

“The purpose of these education packs is to harness that curiosity with positive farming stories and images so we can help teachers deliver their curriculum needs.”

Environment secretary and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, who also took part in the activities, added: “I want to see children more connected with where their food comes from, farming and nature.

“These packs are a great resource and it’s wonderful to see them being used in the classroom.”

Children at St Martin's Primary Shouldham enjoy a day learning about food and farming. Elizabeth Truss MP gets hands on with some crops. ANL-160102-125538009

Children at St Martin's Primary Shouldham enjoy a day learning about food and farming. Elizabeth Truss MP gets hands on with some crops. ANL-160102-125538009